Joe Connolly (connojo04)
Joseph Francis Connolly
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7½", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut April 10, 1913
- Final Game October 5, 1916
- Born February 1, 1884 in North Smithfield, RI USA
- Died September 1, 1943 in North Smithfield, RI USA
Joe Connolly was the hitting star of the miracle Boston Braves of 1914 who won the 1914 World Series. During the regular season, he had the highest batting average and slugging average among the regulars. He also played well for the Braves in 1913 and 1915 before dropping off in 1916.
He was a left-handed hitter who usually was only used against righty pitchers as part of a platoon. He often batted third in the order. In fact, one can trace the origin of platooning as a strategy to him, as he was the first player to be platooned regularly for strategic reason and not because of injury or other such incidental reasons.
He began playing independent ball in 1906, and graduated to the minors in 1908. He tried as a pitcher, but became a hitter instead in 1911. He won a minor league batting crown that year.
After having his batting average drop off in 1916, the Braves sold him to Indianapolis, and he decided he could make more money by farming and playing semi-pro ball locally. He played semi-pro ball through 1928.
He became a politician after baseball, serving in the Rhode Island state legislature and then as a state senator.
- Dennis Auger: "Joseph Francis Connolly", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 19-23. ISBN 978-1-933599-69-4
- Bryan Soderholm-Difatte: "The Stallings Platoon: The 1913 Prequel", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 15-25.